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Next year, the AjPHA Youth World Games will become a truly international event as competition moves to Europe. This biennial event celebrates the future of the Paint Horse industry—our Youth members—in a fun, friendly slate of competition.The specific location* and dates will be released soon.
All countries are invited to send a representative team to the Youth World Games to compete in showmanship, Western horsemanship, hunt-seat equitation and trail. Aside from the competition, several other exciting activities are planned for participating Youth team members; that includes involvement in an international AjPHA business meeting, an educational clinic, social events and day trips to surrounding areas. A more detailed itinerary and schedule will be released closer to the event.
"We are beyond excited about this expansion of the Youth World Games program," APHA Director of Youth and Amateur Activities Christine Henry said. "This event offers Youth a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make friends across the globe, expand their worldview and gain unique horse industry experience, all while participating in some tough-but-friendly competition between countries."
* For the records: Intended location is Kreuth. APHA has the idea to celebrate a youth festival in the middle of the EuroPaint and it is truly a big opportunity to Germany, the PHCG and whole Europe. But fact is that the 1. and 2. President of the German Paint Horse Club are in no way hospitable and deny entry to the location until today. They consider Apha NOT their mother-association but rather think it would be a rival club. But that's only the two of them. PHCG Bavaria and a lot of Germans would like to welcome all APHA / AjPHA members to Bavaria to see happy games, happy kids and a happy APHA staff.
We will see what happens.